‘Forced to hang my head in shame’: Former Navy chief writes open letter to President Mukherjee, PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Former Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas has written an open letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the attacks on minorities and Dalits under the rule of the current government. “The Hinduism I knew and experienced was gentle, inclusive, and filled with extraordinary diversity,” writes Ramdas in the letter.…

What role does AIPAC play in US elections?

  Republican candidates have been making their pitch to the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US. The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US, is holding its biggest annual conference yet with around 13,000 delegates in Washington. For all those bidding to become the next US president, it…

Press Release – Pakistan Government must monitor and de-escalate the increasing Sectarianism between Sunnis and Shiah

Citizens International strongly condemns the current increasing sectarianism between Sunnis and Shiah adherents in Pakistan. This development in Pakistan can be traced to the evolving conflict in Aleppo, Syria where Shiah led Government by Bashar Assad are leading a massive military campaign to oust Sunni militants. CI received specific reports indicating Sunni extreme rightist in…

UK foreign affairs report slams ‘misguided’ Muslim Brotherhood review

Egypt’s then-president-elect Mohamed Morsi addresses tens of thousands of Egyptians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 29 June, 2012 (AFP)   The British government’s investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood had serious shortcomings that have damaged the country’s reputation for fair dealing, parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee said in a new report on “political Islam” published on…

Will new law restrict Egyptian NGOs’ activities?

An Egyptian policeman stands guard outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 25, 2015. (photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) CAIRO — The Egyptian parliament announced its final approval for a draft law regulating the activities of civil organizations in Egypt, amid criticism by representatives of civil society and rights organizations. These considered the law to…